I just finished Netflix’s The Punisher and I think it may be the service’s strongest Marvel show yet, at least structurally. I think it’s the one show that starts strong and maintains a near-perfect arc across all thirteen episodes, even coming full circle in a cool narrative way. As much as I have loved most all of the the Netflix shows, this maybe the only one I’d consider near-flawless in execution.
I also feel — and maybe its just me — that the show does a great job of not glorifying the violence that Castle commits. I think almost all of the fight sequences are presented as being ugly and difficult, and I never got a Death Wish or Dirty Harry “isn’t this badass” vibe while watching.
On top of this, like JJ, the show is about more than what it’s about — the failure of US foreign policy, veteran PTSD, the alt-right, police violence — which is definitely a bonus.
I’ve never had any interest in The Punisher before Netflix’s take. I am totally not a fan of gun-toting “superheroes”, and I was really skeptical when it was hinted Netflix would be taking him on.
But man, I love this version. Maybe even more than the rest of the the Defenders.